Expert Alert - Have a Healthy Halloween! - CIHR experts are available to discuss the health risks associated with the Halloween season

OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children and many adults as well. From choosing the perfect costume, to watching scary movies, to collecting as many candies and treats as possible, anyone can enjoy this fun and frightening holiday. Here are a few things to consider in order to have a safe, fun and healthy Halloween this year.

This Halloween, CIHR-funded researchers are available to discuss different subjects related to the spookiest day of the year.


The Halloween anxiety and scare factor: what effect does this have on children?
Dr. Kathryn Jane Bennett (Hamilton, ON)
Dr. Françoise Maheu (Montréal, QC)

Preventing cavities and bad dental habits this Halloween
Dr. Cyndie Dubé-Baril (Laval, QC)
Dr. Rosamund Harrison (Vancouver, B-C)

The scary health dangers of regularly over-indulging in candies and treats: obesity and nutrition Dr. Katherine Gray-Donald (Montréal, QC)
Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine (Vancouver, B-C)

Street safety for trick or treaters
Dr. Alison Macpherson(Toronto, ON)
Dr. Andrew Howard (Toronto, ON)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information:

To schedule an interview, please contact: 
David Coulombe
CIHR Media Specialist


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